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2022 Holiday Gifts for Early Elementary

Did you know that reading every day from an early age helps expand your child’s attention span? The early elementary ages are a great time to develop those skills by reading both novels and picture books aloud to your child. Whether reading independently or together, being surrounded by books will nurture their reading and will help them go from beginning to read to reading fluently. 
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2022 Holiday Gifts for Upper Elementary

Children at this age are branching out into longer books.  Novels can echo their real life experiences, but they can also tell new stories, boosting their imaginations and building their empathy.  Books for tweens can be their way of fitting in or standing out.  These books can also offer comfort during this time of transition and help them discover who they might grow up to be. 
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2022 Holiday Gifts for Preschoolers

Preschoolers are primed for discovery and books are no exception. Treating books with loving care is something preschoolers are also beginning to learn.  They will take pride in their growing library when you give the gift of books. Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. 
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2022 Holiday Gifts for Babies & Toddlers

Babies and toddlers are getting an introduction to the world of books.  Reading to them on a daily basis helps them develop a routine where they begin to associate love, interaction, and family with books. Looking for even more good books?  Check out our personalized recommendations or call us at 803-799-9084. 
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2022 Picks for Younger Teens

Check out the titles below for the same thrilling twists and turns you’ve come to love in young adult literature, with gentle romances and bold adventures.  Looking for more great teen books?  Check out our personalized recommendations form or give us a call at 803.929.3470. 
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Screen to Page: Familiar Favorites for Teens

Want to read more about your favorite characters? Check out these media tie-in titles to get more details and depth on familiar faces from movies and comics.  Looking for more great teen books?  Check out our personalized recommendations form or give us a call at 803.929.3470. 
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2022 Teen Nonfiction Favorites

Great books on finances, social issues, history, literature, sciences, and so much more has been added to our list of favorite nonfiction titles for teens this year. Pick up one of these illuminating titles today.  Looking for more great teen books?  Check out our personalized recommendations form or give us a call at 803.929.3470. 
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2022 Teen Series Additions

Your favorite stories continue in these latest additions to popular YA series. From epic fantasies to edge-of-your seat thrillers, you won't want to miss the next books in these addictive teen series.  Looking for more great teen books?  Check out our personalized recommendations form or give us a call at 803.929.3470. 
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Manga Debuts of 2022

A lot of manga series kicked off in 2022. Pick up a new favorite across many different genres for teens and up.
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Debut Novels of 2022

Each year, Goodreads, a site perfect for keeping track of what you've read, hosts reader-voted awards for various genres. My favorite category is always "Best Debut Novel" since I love finding new authors and hearing fresh voices. How many of these books have you read? Check them out at Richland Library! Want more? Try our personalized reading recommendations.
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LibraryReads for December 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in December 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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Read All About It: Death, Loss & Grief

"Son, life is full of holes. You may want to close them up to keep out the storm. But make sure to leave room for that rainbow to find you." --Music is a Rainbow by Bryan Collier
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Trauma Fiction

Looking for an emotional roller coaster? Check out the list below.
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Psychological Family Trauma: Non-Fiction

Below you'll find a curated list on psychological trauma. If you're currently dealing with any domestic violence or in need of immediate assistance, you can speak with one of our social workers. Their contact information is provided below: Email: socialworker@richlandlibrary.com Phone: 803.509.8371 Text: 803.386.8506 Fax: 803.973.788
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BIPOC Romances - November 2022

Find your next favorite romance author with this list! Below you'll find a mix of authors from the last 2 years. Enjoy!❤️
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Number in the Title

Check out one of these titles and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 Reading Challenge prompt "read a book with a number in the title".  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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LibraryReads for November 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in November 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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13 YA Titles to Celebrate 13 'Midnights'

Today, Taylor Swift released her much-anticipated album "Midnights" chronicling thirteen midnights in the singer/songwriter's life. Here's a corresponding selection of thirteen YA titles which reflect the romance, angst, and atmosphere of Swift's newest album and her oeuvre as a whole. 
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Critics' Choices For Best Teen Fiction of 2022

2022 isn't over yet, but readers are starting to agree on the titles that have stood out this year. These books span many genres, settings, and points of view, which shows that teen fiction is still and always growing.
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Stephen Graham Jones: Must Read Horror 🔪🩸⚰️

Bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones will be the 2022 #BroaderBookshelf featured author.  Although Jones writes in other genres, he is best known for his horror writing.  His stories can be gory but always features brave, ordinary people that you can't help pulling for and Jones definitely delivers great character development for main and side characters alike. 
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2022 Charleston Literary Festival Authors

This year’s Charleston Literary Festival, taking place November 4-13, will feature a spectacular array of fiction and nonfiction writers.  The fiction roster includes literary-fiction heavyweight Ian McEwan, as well as best-selling authors Geraldine Brooks and Nic Hornby.  Among those representing nonfiction are African American studies scholar Eddie S.
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I'm With The Banned: Boy Erased

Boy Erased: A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family by Garrard Conley is challenged in Texas. Learn more about this title here and why it might be banned. 

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Fictional Period Pieces

If you love historical fiction (or a blend of history with fantasy, mystery and romance) then check out 2022's best period pieces.  Use one of these titles to complete a prompt for the 2022 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge while you're at it.  Happy Reading!
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LibraryReads for October 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in October 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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2022 National Book Award Longlists

The 2022 National Book Award longlists have just been announced.  The finalists will be named on 4 October.  In the meantime, check out these contenders in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young people's literature, and translated literature.
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Worldly Mermaids

"Mermaids, like other mythological creatures, have roots in many cultures, including the Ningyo of Japan, the Yawkyawk of Australia, La Sirene of Haiti, Iara of Brazil, and Sedna of North America. Their existence is woven throughout the world, but not nearly enough of their stories have been widely told."- Natasha Bowen, author of Skin of the Sea in her article for tor.com Here are just a few books featuring non-white mermaids, sirens, and mermaid-like beings. 
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2022 Anthony Award Winners

This year's winners are: Best Novel: Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby  Best First Novel: Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
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Teen Graphic Novels For Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) recognizes the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans. This year's theme is: "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation." The comics listed below celebrate all of these things.
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Remembering Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich, who for more than fifty years dissected American culture in a series of perceptive books (many of them best sellers), died on 1 Sept.
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The Personal Librarian - A Review

“Changing your name is easy. Changing your soul is impossible.” - Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

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I'm With the Banned: The Magic Fish

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen is challenged in both Florida and Texas. Learn more about this title here and why it might be banned. 

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Books to Add to Your Witch List

Witchy vibes? Check. Sweater weather? Check. Mug of something hot to drink? Check. If hexes, curses, and cackling laughs are your thing, try one of these reads that is sure to cast a spell on you.
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Tale as Old as Time

Folk and fairy tales are passed down generation after generation to preserve community values and act as cautionary tales.  The authors below have adapted elements from these traditional tales into fresh stories of romance, fantasy, and adventure for teens. Looking for more great teen books?  Check out our personalized recommendation form or call us at 803-929-3470.
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If You Like... Heartstopper

One of the Teen Center's most popular requests this year has been Alice Oseman's graphic novel series Heartstopper. The wholesome, blooming romance at the core of the story is able to resist any drama or conflict that would separate its two sweetheart boys. With that in mind, here are some more cute LGBTQ graphic novels.
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Romantic Comedy Manga Series

Romances and comedies are both made better by misunderstandings, rumors, and exaggerations. Combining them is only natural! These manga series will tug at your heartstrings at the same time they tickle your funnybone.
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LibraryReads for September 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in September 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022: Read a Historical Fiction Novel

Participating in our 2022 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge?  Check out this list to find a book to complete the Read a Historical Fiction Novel prompt.  And if you don't find what you are looking for here try these lists too: 
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022: WWII Historical Fiction

One of the 2022 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge prompts is to read a Historical Fiction novel.  If the World War II era is one that makes you nostalgic then you might want to try one of these choices as the book to fulfill this prompt.  You will find mystery, literary fiction and spy thrillers among the choices. Happy Reading!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022: Historical Mysteries

One of the prompts for our 2022 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge is to read a historical fiction novel.  If you love yourself some suspense then combine your history and mystery with these titles.
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Murder and Mayhem Fiction

Check out these fiction titles from this year to get your Murder and Mayhem fix.  Some of these may even help you meet a prompt on the 2022 #BroaderBookshelf challenge.
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Are You Listening?: Self Improvement Books on Communication

One of the 2022 #BroaderBookshelf Challenge prompts this year is to read a self improvement book.  Are you looking to be a better communicator?  Then these books about mindful listening, communication and how to have hard conversations with family, friends, coworkers and community members might be for you and you get to check off a #BroaderBookshelf prompt at the same time.
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#FinLit Book Review: "Lawn Boy" & "Lawn Boy Returns"

"One minute I was twelve years old and wondering where I could get enough money for an inner tube for my old used ten-speed. The next minute, it seems, I’ve got a business of my own, with employees, and I’m rich."

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BookTok Talk: Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is all the rage right now (and the holds lists prove it!), so while you are waiting for your copy to arrive, try one of these read-alikes.    For more recommendations check out some of these great lists, or get your personalized reading recommendation.
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American Biographer

Author David G. McCullough, who died on 7 August, has left a rich legacy of biographies and histories that met with both critical and public acclaim.  The recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Book Awards, among many other literary prizes, McCullough published a series of best-selling books from 1968 to 2019, all still fresh and relevant for their insight and erudition.  Check out these landmark works from our collection.
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Inspirational Romance

Enjoy some romance authors who are powerhouses in the Inspirational section and others who have written romances that are sure to make you dream of the one!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Graphic Novel Memoirs by Non-Celebrities

Check out one of these graphic novels and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 Reading Challenge prompt "read a memoir by someone who is not a celebrity".  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.
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Love to Read, Short on Time

Do you love to read but also have to work, eat, sleep, take the kids to school, make dinner, remember to call the vet and the plumber, mow the lawn, get your oil changed and just...don't have time? Try one of these short story collections! 
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2022 Eisner Award Winners

Check out the winners of the 2022 Eisner Awards, announced at San Diego Comic-Con. You can see a full list of categories, nominees, and winners here. Keep in mind that Eisner categories span across various creative roles, formats, and target age ranges. Digital copies of this year's Eisner Award winners can also be found on Hoopla.
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Center for Fiction 2022 First Novel Prize Longlist

The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize was created in 2006 to honor the best debut fiction of the year.  The longlist for this year's prize has just been announced.  Check out these exciting new first novels from our collection.
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#OwnVoices: Sorrowland - A Review

"Going against tended to end more rightly, more justly, than going with. People were wrong. Rules, most of the time, favored not what was right, but what was convenient or preferable to those in charge."

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The Cold War

The Cold War was famously never a declared “war” but an ideological struggle that unfolded in a decades-long series of proxy conflicts.  Researchers are still uncovering new information from archives and other sources to better explain this strange period, which one historian has referred to as the “Fifty-Year Wound.”  Check out these recent titles from our collection if you’re curious to learn more.
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LibraryReads for August 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in August 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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Sandhills Staff Picks: Summer 2022 Edition

Not sure what to read, watch or listen to? We can help! The staff at Sandhills love to give recommendations! Here are some of our favorites to talk about. Check out our Personalized Recommendation service here.
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Great Books for Ages 5, 6, 7 | 2021

"Evelyn Del Rey is my mejor amiga, my número uno best friend. 'Come play, Daniela,' she says, just like she always does. Just like today is any other day."  --Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina
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Greek Myth Retellings for Teens

Gone through all of the Percy Jackson books? Looking for more YA books that retell and reinterpret Greek myths? Check out the titles below, which reimagine the stories of Persephone, Medusa, Orpheus, and all of your other favorites! For more great teen books, check out our personalized recommendation form or call us at 803-799-9084.
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Great Books for Ages 7, 8, 9 | 2021

Mama smiles sweetly and places her palm against the door. She speaks slowly and politely. “It’s just us, Ma. I called this morning and told you we were coming. Remember?” The woman behind the door barks at Mama, “Course I remember. You called and asked if you could leave the boy with me and I said NO!”--Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
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Favorite Reads of The Teen Center Creative Writing Club

Enjoy some fond favorite reads from members of the Teen Center's creative writing club, known as Prompt & Circumstance. Science fiction, horror, fantasy, manga, poetry, Russian literature, and picture books collide in this fun mash-up of influences. You are sure to find a great read or even inspiration in this list.
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Take No Names: A Book Review

Daniel Nieh's follow-up to Beijing Payback is the perfect crime thriller for your summer vacation or staycation. 

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#OWNVoices: Shady Baby

From the New York Times Bestselling Duo Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwayne Wade Jr. 

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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Non-Celebrity Self-Discovery

The #BroaderBookshelf challenge helps expand your reading habits to discover authors, genres and books you might not otherwise pick up. More #BroaderBookshelf booklists can be found here. Get personalized recommendations 
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Nature is Neat!

According to the super reliable and oh-so-scholarly Urban Dictionary, neature is "a combination of the words neat and nature. Best used to describe how neat nature is." I think this is a very fitting term for our wild and wonderful world and all the creatures that live in and on it. If you are a nature lover (and think it's pretty neat, too) or love being outdoors, or maybe just learning about Earth's many environments and ecosystems these titles are right up your alley.   
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Reading About Kaiju In June For #Kaijune

Kaijune is a month-long online event for artists. The name comes from a word for large monsters, "kaiju," and the month of June. Every month is a good one to read about kaiju. The list below includes plenty of graphic novels (and a couple of prose books) full of kaiju.
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Historic True Crime

Many true crime books are roughly contemporary in setting.  But there’s a whole subgenre of nonfiction crime narrative drawn from historical cases, many of them scandalous in their day and some of them still unsolved.  A recent standout in this subgenre is Who Killed Jane Stanford? by respected historian Richard White, which explores the poisoning murder of the widow of Stanford University founder Leland Stanford.
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LibraryReads for July 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in July 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominees 2022-2023

The South Carolina Children's Book Award is granted annually by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL).  The nominees represent quality contemporary literature for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, selected by students, parents, teachers, and librarians.  Below are the 2022-2023 nominees in print, audio, and ebook formats.
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Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism

Early late at night I wander off into a land You can go, but you mustn't tell a soul There's a world inside Where dreamers meet each other Once you go it's hard to come back Let me paint your canvas as you dance